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Commissioners and Special Advisers appointed by Gov Sanwo-Olu (FULL LIST)

COMMISSIONERS:

Mr. Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo (Finance)

Mr. Tunji Bello (Water Resources and Environment)

Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo (Education)

Prof. Akin Abayomi (Health)

Dr. Idris Salako (Physical Planning and Urban Development)

Mr. Gbenga Omotoso (Information and Strategy)

Mrs. Bolaji Dada (Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation)

Mr. Lere Odusote (Energy and Natural Resources)

Dr. Frederic Oladeinde (Transportation)

Mr. Gbolahan Lawal (Agriculture)

Moruf Akinderu Fatai (Housing)

Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN) (Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice)

Mr. Hakeem Fahm (Science and Technology)

Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle (Establishment, Training and Pension)

Engr. Aramide Adeyoye (Works and Infrastructure)

Mr. Segun Dawodu (Youth and Social Development)

Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf (Home Affairs)

Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke (Local Government and Community Affairs)

Mrs. Lola Akande (Commerce and Industry)

Mrs. Olufunke Adebolu (Tourism Arts and Culture)

Mr. Sam Egube (Economy Planning and Budget)

Dr. Wale Ahmed (Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations)

SPECIAL ADVISERS:

Ms Ruth Bisola Olusanya  (Special Adviser on Agriculture)

Princess Aderemi Adebowale (Special Adviser on Civic Engagement)

Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo (Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Affairs)

Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka (Special Adviser on Housing)

Joe Igbokwe (Special Adviser for Drainage and Water Resources)

Olatunbosun Alake (Special Adviser for Innovation and Technology)

Arc. Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi (Special Adviser on Urban Development)

Anofi Olanrewaju Elegushi (Special Adviser on Central Business Districts)

Bonu Solomon Saanu (Special Adviser on Arts and Culture)

Oluwatoyin Fayinka (Special Adviser on Transportation)

Oladele Ajayi (Special Adviser on Commerce and Industry)

Tokunbo Wahab (Special Adviser on Education)

Solape Hammond (Special Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals)

We will continue to build on your legacies – Sanwo-Olu to retired HOS

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said his administration would build on the culture of excellence instituted in the State’s civil service. This, he said, is best way to build on the legacies of retired civil servants that invested their energies to build the State.

Governor Sanwo-Olu spoke when members of Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Association of Lagos State Retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries (ALARHOSPS) paid a courtesy visit on him on Friday in Alausa.

He described the body of retired civil servants as “valuable assets” to the State, noting that their actions while in service contributed to the “enviable height” Lagos attained among states in the nation.

He said:

“All of you have spent good part of your active life to build out state at the civil service level. I am sure you will always feel fulfilled when you look back to see all the thoughts, ideas and energies you contributed to build the most vibrant civil service in Nigeria. It is the culture you have left behind is what we are building on to make Lagos remain the centre of excellence.

“You have set the foundation we are enjoying today. I want to assure you that we will not keep it at where you have stopped. We are going to keep the flame burning and build on all you have passed on to us in making the most dynamic civil service earn its pride of place.”

The Governor said the future generation would be indebted to the retired Heads of Service for their efforts in building a society the black race would be proud of Sanwo-Olu said the state would continue to draw from the experience of the retired civil servants, adding that the establishment of ALARHOSPS as advisory body to the government was an indication of the passion the group had towards the development of the state.

He said:

“The future generation would remain indebted to you for all your actions and contribution to build our state. Today, Lagos is the centerpiece, which every Nigerian and the entire black race are looking at today as a source of pride. Your sleepless nights, labour and contributions led to this success story.”

ALARHOSPS president, Alhaji Mohammed Ajibola-Olagbaye, who spoke on behalf of the retirees, hailed the Governor for appointing a member of the group, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, as Secretary to the State Government.

Ajibola-Olagbaye noted that the association was created in 2013 as a think tank to help government strengthen the capacity of the civil service and other workforce in the employment of the state for sustained prosperity.

He used the occasion to articulate some of the challenges facing members of the association, including disparity in monthly pension scheme, which affected some ALARHOSPS’ members that retired before May 29, 1999 when the fourth republic took off.

Ajibola-Olagbaye also sought the Governor’s support in building a permanent secretariat for the association’s activities, and also for the forthcoming conference to be hosted by the association.

Responding, Gov. Sanwo-Olu promised to assist the association in surmounting some of its challenges, promising that his administration would consult the group for advice on service delivery.

The meeting was attended by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Mrs. Jaji, Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, and the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo.

LAWMA to ensure zero tolerance for waste in Lagos – Dr Gbadegesin

The Managing Director/CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, Dr. Olumuyiwa Gbadegesin, has declared that the organisation would stop at nothing to rid the state of filth, across its three operational districts.

He made the declaration in Apapa, during his inspection of LAWMA operations in the area, stressing that the agency would pay special attention to black spots including Mile 2, LASU Gate, Okokomaiko and Badagry among others.

“We’re here to monitor the on-going clean-up exercise, which is in furtherance of the executive order on Environmental Sanitation by His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu”, he said.

The LAWMA boss noted that the Authority had stepped up its operation despite the accessibility challenge by evacuation trucks, adding that sweepers had been deployed in their numbers for thorough cleanup of the environs. The exercise according to him also extends to LASU gate, Okoko, Badagry up to seme.

“As you are aware, Apapa has accessibility challenge but we are determined to confront the challenge and get the job done and that is why we are here. Our sweepers are here in their numbers sweeping the highway and clearing the silt. This exercise extends to other areas like Okoko, LASU Gate, Badagry up to Seme”, Gbadegesin said.

He implored residents of Lagos to support government in maintaining a cleaner and sanitary environment and to shun all forms of indiscriminate waste disposal, which was capable of exposing the populace to environmental health dangers.

“We are calling out to people statewide that we should stop indiscriminate dumping of waste. During this Sallah celebration we distributed free trash bags and we are pleading with residents to use those trash bags to dispose of their wastes and to also make sure that you have a covered waste bin at home. We don’t want people dumping wastes by the roadside because this puts us at risk of epidemics”, he added.

Speaking on enforcement against indiscriminate dumping of refuse, Gbadegesin said that there would be zero tolerance against such acts and defaulters would be apprehended and prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others.

In the same vein, the LAWMA CEO revealed that the Authority had started bulk waste evacuation from major locations, motorised collection of waste from kerbside; placement and regular collection of waste from appropriate receptacles and waste prevention activities which involves closure of illegal waste locations otherwise known as black spots, through waste policing from Orile all the way down to Badagry expressway, to phase out the environmental challenges being experienced in the areas in recent times.

Dr. Gbadegesin added that PSP operations were being repositioned to meet the household waste management needs of residents, while Community Development Associations (CDAs) and other stakeholders are currently engaged in LAWMA’s massive public enlightenment campaign, to ensure that cleanliness is restored to all parts of the state.

PHOTO NEWS: Sanwo-Olu pays inspection visit to security agencies

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, July 30, pays an inspection visitatation to the security agencies in the state.

The Governor takes this action making sure that the life and properties of residents are safe and secure.

Sanwo-Olu visited the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, at the RRS parade ground at Alausa, Ikeja, also checking the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, at the LASEMA Cappa Base.

He never failed to recognize the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps, LNSC, when he visited The Safety Arena at Oshodi.

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RRS

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, inspecting the guard of honour by men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) during the Governor’s inspection visit to their parade ground, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, addressing men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), flanked by Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (right) and Executive Secretary/CEO, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdurrazaq Balodun (left) during the Governor’s inspection visit to the RRS parade ground, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

R-L: Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Executive Secretary/CEO, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdurrazaq Balodun; Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo and Commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), DCP Tunji Disu during the Governor’s inspection visit to the RRS parade ground, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

R-L: Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Executive Secretary/CEO, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdurrazaq Balodun; Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo and Commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), DCP Tunji Disu during the Governor’s inspection visit to the RRS parade ground, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

R-L: Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Executive Secretary/CEO, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdurrazaq Balodun and Commander of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), DCP Tunji Disu during the Governor’s inspection visit to the RRS parade ground, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, flanked by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (left) and Commander of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), DCP Tunji Disu (right) during the Governor’s inspection visit to the RRS parade ground, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

LASEMA

L-R: Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; General Manger, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu and Head, LASEMA Cappa Base, Mr. Olatunbosun Olukolade during the Governor’s inspection visit to the LASEMA Cappa Base, Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

L-R: Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola; Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Head, LASEMA Cappa Base, Mr. Olatunbosun Olukolade and General Manger, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu during the Governor’s inspection visit to the LASEMA Cappa Base, Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (right); Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (middle) and LASEMA Fleet Manager, Uchenna Rapuchukwu (right) during the Governor’s inspection visit to the LASEMA Cappa Base, Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

R-L: Emergency Response Shift Manager, Command and Control Centre, Bisi Ololade; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; General Manger, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu during the Governor’s inspection visit to the Command and Control Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

L-R: Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; General Manger, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu and Head, LASEMA Cappa Base, Mr. Olatunbosun Olukolade during the Governor’s inspection visit to the LASEMA Cappa Base, Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, inspecting the men of the State Task Force, while the Task Force Chairman, CSP Saheed Egbeyemi (left), watches during the Governor’s inspection visit to the Safety Arena at Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.
PIX 8351: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (2nd right), inspecting men of the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corp (LNSC), during his inspection visit to the Safety Arena at Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. With him is the Chairman of Safety Corp, Retired A.I.G Isreal Ajao (right).

LNSC

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (2nd right), inspecting men of the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corp (LNSC), during his inspection visit to the Safety Arena at Oshodi, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. With him is the Chairman of Safety Corp, Retired A.I.G Isreal Ajao (right).

Improve the emergency response standard, Sanwo-Olu charges LASEMA officers

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday said there’s need to rejig the operation of the State’s emergency response team for better performance and service delivery in disaster management.

The Governor who spoke during his visit to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, operational headquarters at Cappa, Oshodi, praised the emergency response personnel for the quality of service the agency rendered, while saying that there was need to raise the standards of its operation in line with best practice. He pledged that his administration would support the agency to deliver on its mandate.

He said:

“On behalf of the people of Lagos, I commend LASEMA and its emergency workers’ performance in disaster management. But, we know there is still a lot that we can do to raise the standard and there is still a lot that is expected of us but I can assure you that we will support LASEMA for quality service.

“This is why we are here to assess the level of response mechanism and take stock of the challenges the agency might be facing. We do not want to give excuses to the taxpayers. We pledge our continued support to encourage the agency to live up to expectations, because its efficiency in service delivery would be the parameter citizens would use to assess and write the agency scorecards.”

… Sanwo-Olu preaches to maintain professionalism and empathy with duty

The Governor emphasised the need for maintaining professionalism and empathy in the discharge of the agency’s duty, noting that disaster management required promptness and competency to minimise losses.

Sanwo-Olu tasked the emergency workers to work towards reducing their response time by half. He said the government would address the resource gap hindering the agency from taking its service to optimal level.

He added:

“LASEMA needs to raise its escalation level in managing emergencies. If it gets to the level where we need additional support from other agencies, such police, fire fighters, or any arm of government, we must be able to quickly be able to analyse the situation and be able to escalate it to another level, so that we can reduce losses to lives and property. Lagos is a centre of excellence and we must live up to billing by putting forward the best rescue operation.”

LASEMA Director General, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, led Governor Sanwo-Olu on an inspection of the equipment used by the agency in its emergency operations. The Governor also inspected the state of facilities in LASEMA Response Unit, LRU, in Alausa.

In the Governor’s entourage were the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji; Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola; Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde and Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo.

Gov Sanwo-Olu charges security operatives; make Lagos safe for law-abiding residents

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday charged policemen and security operatives under the State-controlled security outfits not to allow criminals have breathing space in Lagos State.

Sanwo-Olu said the security of lives and property remained the topmost priority of his administration, tasking the security operatives in all formations not to spare any effort in keeping the peace in Lagos.

The Governor spoke during inspections of operation bases of Rapid Response Squad, RRS, in Ikeja and the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit in Oshodi.

Sanwo-Olu said Lagos must not be a safe haven for crimes, directing the officers to maintain constant security surveillance across the state and flush out criminals from their hideouts.

The Governor, however, cautioned the officers against impunity in the discharge of their duties, urging them to carry out their responsibility with humility and interact with residents in manners that would uphold respect for human rights.

Sanwo-Olu inspected the security facilities in company of the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, Deputy Chief of Statt, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo, and the Executive Secretary of Lagos Security Trust Fund, LSTF, Hon. Abdul-Rasaq Balogun.

Also, heads of the security outfits, including the RRS Commander, Olatunji Disu, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, and the Taskforce chairman, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, joined the Governor in the inspection.

Sanwo-Olu said the residents deserved a premium quality of security to justify the resources being committed by the state to fund security agencies’ operations.

He said:

“To whom much is given, much is expected. I want all the people of Lagos to feel the operation of the new improved RRS, which must ensure that criminals and people that have criminal intention do not have a space in communities across the state. We are aware of the efficient operations of our security outfits, but we must raise the bar of policing in our communities to re-assure residents and investors of their security.

“The residents are your partners in securing the state. I want to see humility and respect for people’s rights in the discharge of your duties. Spare no effort in dealing with criminals, but the offenders that deserve correction should be corrected without impunity. Lagosians expect so much from us in terms of improved security; you must make the state safe for law-abiding residents.”

Other security outfits inspected by the Governor included Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigerian Legion Corps, Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps (LSNSC), Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), and Lagos Fire Fighters.

Lagos, UAE mull partnership on security, traffic management

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has declared his administration’s readiness to partner with the government of United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the areas of traffic management and security.

The Governor disclosed this when he received the Consul-General of the UAE Consulate in Nigeria, Dr Abdulla Al-Mandoos in Alausa at the weekend.

Sanwo-Olu noted that UAE, in the last decade, had become a choice destination for Nigerian tourists and businessmen. This revelation, the Governor said, should deepen the existing bilateral agreements between Nigeria and UAE.

He said:

As a government, we have several things to learn from the story of UAE’s transformation. Dubai, which is the country’s commercial hub, shares so many similarities with Lagos. This is why I am elated to receive Dr. Al-mandoos and we welcome him.

“Let me disclose that, Lagos is ready to deepen the relationship between the two countries and we are working on collaborations in traffic management and security,” the Governor reiterated.

Sanwo-Olu said there would also be collaborations in harnessing Lagos cultural potential to expand local tourism business. He expressed optimism that the envoy’s visit would deepen trade and yield positive results for both countries.

“We are hoping that in your tenure, we shall further expand and grow the relationship of the two countries,” the Governor said.

Responding, Dr. Al-mandoos said the aim of his visit was to get cooperation and support of Lagos government on various areas of interest between Lagos and UAE.

The diplomat promised there would be collaborations in the areas of security and education, noting that the partnership would assist the state to improve its tourism potential.

He said:

“It’s my pleasure to meet the Governor of Lagos to consolidate our cooperation and good friendship over the years. My government is looking at supporting Lagos in several areas, which include education and security. This partnership, we believe, will promote businesses and stability of our countries.”

Dr Al-mandoos leveraged the meeting to push the consulate’s land request to the Governor to build its office and a cultural centre.

The envoy said the proposed cultural centre would assist the two countries to build a strong socio-cultural bond, which would further strengthen their relationship.

PHOTO NEWS: Sanwo-Olu receives UAE Consulate General Almandoos

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu receives United Arab Emirates, UAE Consultate General, Dr. Abdulla Almandoos at the Lagos House, Ikeja on Friday, July 26.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (right), presenting a plaque to Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Lagos, Dr. Abdulla Almandoos during a courtesy visit to the Governor at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday, July 26, 2019.

L-R: Imam AbdulHakeem Kosoko; Head of Service, Mr. Hekeem Muri-Okunola; Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Lagos, Dr. Abdulla Almandoos; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Folashade Jaji; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Tayo Ayinde during a courtesy visit to the Governor by the UAE Consulate General at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday, July 26, 2019. Behind them is the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo.

R-L: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, with Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Lagos, Dr. Abdulla Almandoos and Imam AbdulHakeem Kosoko during a courtesy visit to the Governor at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday, July 26, 2019.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (right), making his remark during a courtesy visit by the Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Lagos, Dr. Abdulla Almandoos (left) at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday, July 26, 2019.

PHOTO NEWS: Sanwo-Olu at Presidential policy retreat

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was present at the second day of Presidential Policy Retreat at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, Thursday, July 25.

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L-R: Kano State Governor, Alhaji Umar Ganduje; President Muhammadu Buhari; Ondo State Governor. Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu and Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu during the Day 2 of the Presidential Policy Retreat at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday, July 25, 2019.

L-R: Deputy Governor of Osun State, Mr. Olugboyega Alabi; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun during the Day 2 of the Presidential Policy Retreat at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday, July 25, 2019.

L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, with Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun during the Day 2 of the Presidential Policy Retreat at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday, July 25, 2019.

President Muhammadu Buhari (right), exchanging pleasantries with Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (2nd right) shortly after the Day 2 of the Presidential Policy Retreat at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday, July 25, 2019. With them: Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle (left); Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello (2nd left) and others.

L-R: Kano State Governor, Alhaji Umar Ganduje; President Muhammadu Buhari; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole during the Day 2 of the Presidential Policy Retreat at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday, July 25, 2019.

Professionals in diaspora will help make Lagos great – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Government has vowed to bring in Nigerians in diaspora to help build the state.

Government focusing on capacity building for development of its teachers and other areas for youth development and empowerment.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Diaspora Affairs, Mr. Jermaine Sanwo-Olu said this while declaring open a 2-day teachers training program for teachers in Surulere.

The program by Association of Nigerian Academics in UK was organized for teachers in Surulere and supported by councils and Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT.

The idea was to use the experience, knowledge and exposure from the developed world for development in the state.

SSA Sanwo-Olu said: “I believe that the diaspora is what will hasten the development of Lagos state through the wind of change; so in moving forward we are going to be bringing in more people, doctors, nurses, teachers and others from around the world to come and impact the state voluntarily.

“This is the season of change, we are bringing the world to Lagos so that we can have world best practices.

“We believe that the diaspora is the wheel of progress for Lagos state and Nigeria as a whole; nations like Israel, India even China utilises the power of the diaspora to bring about changes in their respective nations. So we see this UK group coming to impart knowledge and build capacity of the teachers who are custodians of knowledge and trainers of the future leaders”.

He said confidently that the Sanwo-Olu’s administration will make a greater Lagos with their knowledge and team work.

According to the SSA, education and technology is at the heart of the governor’s ‘theme’ programme:

“You can’t have education without being digitalised in technology information.

“Information is power, but information is maximised when it is utilised, maximise the information you receive here by utilising it, use it, and with what is going on now you can not be analogue teachers any more.

“You need to digitalise, leverage on the power of technology to make your work better, more efficient, be IT and computer savvy, use the newest technology so that you can appeal to the various learning styles of young people.”

President of Academics in UK, Adedamola Aminu said this idea is to work together with professionals in Nigeria.

“We really want to work with the governments both at the federal, state and local levels in terms of how we can be of assistance and how we can give each other the needed support”, he said.